Open Data was the topic in the big white tent at this year's PICNIC Festival: how the city has made open data available and how it can be put to practical use for citizens and visitors alike.

The Open Data Movement: Who Owns the Public Data for a Better City?...

Klaas Speller, COO of Appsterdam (photo courtesy

In this report by PICNIC festival media partner, explore the Open Data movement and what hackers and developers can generate from the use of a city's public data. For example: Taking into consideration traffic data, one was able to develop a computer application that provides drivers with a CO2 emissions and parking fee calculator. With the help of this tool, drivers can decide beforehand if driving into the city will be worthwhile or if they'd better switch to public transit.

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